My Favorite Websites For Budget Travel

These websites represent my very subjective views of the best sites for budget travel. They are, simply, the ones I use most.

Kayak, www.kayak.com
Super-flexible searching for the lowest airfares

Other useful airfare search sites:
Momondo, www.momondo.com
Bing Travel, www.bing.com/travel
FareCompare, www.farecompare.com
Southwest Airlines, www.southwest.com

Airfarewatchdog.com, www.airfarewatchdog.com
Constantly updated listings of the lowest airfares from U.S. airports

Other useful airfare watch sites:
Fare Compare, www.farecompare.com/dealfinder/topuscadestinations
FareCompare Twitter feed, twitter.com/flyfrombdl

Travelzoo, www.travelzoo.com
Deals on hotels, airfare, packages and cruises.

Other useful travel deals sites:
Groupon Getaways: www.groupon.com/getaways
Budget Travel Real Deals, www.budgettravel.com/realdeals
Frommers Travel Guides,  www.frommers.com/deals/
Arthur Frommer Online,  www.frommers.com/blog/

TripAdvisor, www.tripadvisor.com
Aggregated reviews of hotels by ordinary travelers.

Other useful hotel and review sites:
Yelp, www.yelp.com
Hotels.com, www.hotels.com
Venere, www.venere.com

Priceline,
www.priceline.com
Blind “name your own price” bidding for hotel rooms and rental cars.

Other useful travel bidding sites:
Bidding For Travel, biddingfortravel.yuku.com
Better Bidding, www.betterbidding.com
Hotwire, www.hotwire.com
Bidding for Good, www.biddingforgood.com

Also:

The Big Three online travel agencies:
Expedia, www.expedia.com
Orbitz, www.orbitz.com
Travelocity, www.travelocity.com

Smartertravel, www.smartertravel.com
Terrific travel advice, news and tips.

SeatGuru, www.seatguru.com
Get help picking the best seats on the jet.

Vacation Rentals by Owner, www.vrbo.com
Listings for vacation rental homes, apartments and condos.

FlyerTalk, www.flyertalk.com
All about frequent flier miles.

Joe Sent Me, www.joesentme.com
Great resource for business travelers.

Chris Elliott, www.elliott.org
Travel news and consumer advocacy

Insure My Trip, www.insuremytrip.com
Travel insurance metasearch and aggregator.

Cruise Critic, www.cruisecritic.com
All about cruising, with lively message boards

Jaunted, www.jaunted.com
Travel news and opinions, reverence-free.

Frugal Traveler, www.nytimes.com/frugaltraveler
Tips and news about traveling on the (relatively) cheap.

Airfarewatchblog, www.airfarewatchdog.com/blog
A practical and thorough guide to budget travel.

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